Once again, Brian Dawkins is a finalist to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and there is no question he deserves the honor.
On Tuesday the list of 15 finalists for this year’s class of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was announced. It includes such notable names as Edgerrin James, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss ands Brian Urlacher.
It also includes two players who have a special place in the hearts of most Philadelphia Eagles fans, one more than the other.
For the third year in a row, wide receiver Terrell Owens has been named a finalist. Many figured he would be a first ballot inductee thanks to his impressive numbers over the duration his career, but that turned out not to be the case. Thanks to his well documented difficulty getting along with his teammates and outspoken nature, he has yet to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
And honestly, after the crap he pulled in Philadelphia, I really couldn’t care less if he ever gets in. Let him do more situps in his driveway if he wants to try and impress the Hall of Fame voters.
The other player, however, deserves to be in the Hall of Fame more than almost any other Eagle of his era.
For the second consecutive time, legendary Eagles safety Brian Dawkins has been names a finalist for enshrinement in Canton, OH.
And this time, he damn well better get in.
Based on his stats alone Dawkins deserves the honor. He finished his 16 seasons with 1131 combined tackles, 26 sacks, 37 forced fumbles and 37 interceptions as well as 2 touchdowns. He was named to seven Pro Bowls and at the time he was traded he was the franchise’s all-time leader in games played at 183.
There is simply no argument that could be made that Dawkins was not one of the best safeties to ever play the game and definitely the best to ever wear a Philadelphia Eagles uniform.
But more than just the numbers are what Dawkins meant to both the franchise and the city. He went out on the field every game and gave 110 percent and demanded that everyone else do the same. It didn’t matter if the Birds were in the thick of the hunt for a playoff spot or had been eliminated from contention. Dawkins went out and played every game, every down with a passion and intensity that you just don’t see anymore.
There have been just eight safeties inducted into the Hall of Fame in it’s history. It’s time for them to immortalize another.
Philadelphians asks a lot of their professional athletes, sometimes too much. We want them to be winners, tough and to leave everything the have on the field.
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Brian Dawkins did all of that and much, much more. It is long overdue for everyone else to understand that as much as we do.
The members of the Class of 2018 will be announced on Feb. 3 just before Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
Get it right this time. Brian Dawkins deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.